How to implement your own local cloud rules.
It was always possible to detect the usage of websites using web metering and customers had to enter their own patterns. This older version did not show the full numbers when for example there was a proxy connection due to the redirecting of the proxy server.
Since then there is a new way of collecting the website usage. This is now done by browser plugins from the browser developers and a central catalogue is being managed centrally by Snow.
New patterns are now added daily. Customers can also have links listed, but the links need to be universal and thus local patterns could possibly not be suitable for all the customers (for example to have the local canteen menu of a company listed).
The Cloud Rule Creator is the brainchild of our Brazilian Snow colleague gabriel.carvalho.
If “Cloud App Metering” has been activated, cloud rules will be sent to all defined computers.
Cloud rules for commercial portals are continuously being added by the Data Intelligence Service. Customers can also submit links, if they are for example commercial offerings.
These cloud rules are a collection of web links and can be viewed in the “webmetering.rules” file in the Snow Inventory Agent directory.
These cloud rules are then used to compare with the browser plugins to find any usage of these. Once a web link has been called up by a user, this information is then sent to the Snow servers and processed resulting in the web application showing up in the Snow License Manager.
These findings are identified by the suffix “(Cloud)” under applications in the Snow License Manager.
There is a tool, which is not standard out of the box, but developed by a Snow employee to create your own local web rules.
This tool can be used, if the web links required cannot be added to the global catalogue. These are often internal web links and/or non-commercial offerings.
The “Cloud Rule Creator” can be installed anywhere but needs access to the Snow SQL database.
The overview shows how many items you have customized yourself.
After saving all the information, the following row of data has been generated in the “webmetering.rules” file:
When this web site has been called, the metering information will be sent to the Snow servers and later shown on the Snow License Manager.
This tool is a great way to add your own non-commercial and/or local web sites that you want to discover. It is important to add the address of the website after a successful login, because only then is a usage correctly detected. Generic landing pages are not a recommended entry.
This tool is provided as is, it is not covered by the general support and update processes of Snow, thus the implementation needs to be planned.
It is strongly advisable to implement/support this tool under the close supervision of a Snow Consultant.
If you would like to know more about this, please reach out to your local Account Manager.